April Fool's Day Special: Who Are Bollywood's Biggest Pranksters?

April Fool's Day Special: Who Are Bollywood's Biggest Pranksters?

Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgn and a certain actress from the past are known to pull tricks on people

Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan are known to be the biggest pranksters of our film industry. When shooting outdoors, they conceive elaborate plans to prank their co-stars. On occasions they are known to go too far with their  jokes. But who dares to  stop them or not laugh at their masti?

Aamir in fact lost a good friend Juhi Chawla when he went too far with his prank on the set of  Indra Kumar’s Ishq. Apparently, he pulled his favourite stunt on Juhi by pretending to read her hand and  then spitting on it. Juhi  being too propah to even consider such a “joke” to be funny, simply stopped speaking to  Aamir for the next 15 years.

But seriously, the biggest prankster of  Bollywood is not Aamir Khan. It is veteran actress Asha Parekh. In her heydays she was  know to pull off some of  the biggest pranks in showbiz on her unsuspecting co-stars.

Sunil Dutt who did films like Chhaya, Chirag and Heera with Asha Parekh told me once that  he had to be ever-vigilant  when  he was shooting with  Asha Parekh because one never knew what she would do.
Ashaji laughs at the memory of pranking the very decorous and gentle Sunil Dutt. “Yes, he was one of my main targets, as were Shammi Kapoor and Joy Mukherjee. I was a big masti-khor(fun lover). And  when not shooting, I’d be constantly thinking of ways  to prank my co-stars. I’d zero in on my target,then take my other co-stars into confidence and then we’d  attack.”

She recalls her best prank. “It was on Dutt Saab. We were shooting for a film and I hid his chappals under the seat of a chair in the studio. After shooting, he looked everywhere for his footwear while I pretended to be very busy with other things. He did look strangely  at me . I think he suspected I  was behind this grand theft. But I stared back  innocently. After all I was an actor, right?  He  finally gave  up the search and  left  the studio  barefeet. Many years later a pair of chappals were retrieved  from under that chair in  that studio where Dutt Saab and I were  shooting.”

Ashaji says she had a very bum-chum rapport with all her co-stars. “I was like  a pal with them.They never  even dreamt  of having an affair  with me. The best way to keep working relations normal between men and women  at the workplace is to never let your gender  come in the way  of  your  equation.

She feels humour is still the best medicine. “Look at the world around us. In these troubled times if we don’t  bring laughter into play how will we survive?”

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